Minnesota Vikings 2012 Mock Draft: Grading the Picks from Walterfootball.com

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Minnesota Vikings 2012 Mock Draft: Grading the Picks from Walterfootball.com
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For the Minnesota Vikings and general manager Rick Spielman, the 2012 NFL Draft is crucial, especially after what many fans consider to be a disappointing free agency period.

With the biggest signings so far being a couple of players who did not play last season, it's understandable why fans are being critical.

Spielman signed former Seattle tight end John Carlson to a five-year deal and former Carolina guard Geoff Schwartz to a one-year deal. Carlson missed last season after suffering a shoulder injury in training camp, and Schwartz suffered a hip injury.

Even with these signings the Vikings still need to address the offensive line, wide receiver, cornerback, safety, running back, and linebacker—in that order.  With two fourth-round compensatory picks the Vikings have a total of 10 picks in the draft, starting with the No. 3 in the first round.

Who should the Vikings draft?

The answers to the that question are varied, depending on where you look. Just about everyone has an opinion as to how the draft will proceed. Of course predicting even the first round, especially beyond the top five picks, is about as difficult as selecting the numbers for the next Mega Millions Lottery.

It's so much easier to critique a mock draft than to create one, therefore here's my assessment of the latest mock draft from Walterfootball.com. Their mock draft covers the first five rounds, including the additional compensatory picks awarded.

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